Enterprising Spirit

Creating a Better Mix: The Al Baumstark Award in Chemistry

You can learn a lot in one of Al Baumstark’s chemistry classes, but don’t expect to spend much time on C12H22O11, more commonly known as sucrose. Students and faculty alike will testify that very little from Baumstark comes sugar-coated.

“He calls himself ‘mean’ at times, but I think he’s just a very honest person,”… more »

After Plenty of Opportunities at Georgia State, Ashton Brasher Has Plenty of Options

Just weeks away from graduation, Ashton Brasher still isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life — and she doesn’t sound the least bit worried. If anything, she sounds thrilled.

“I kind of like that I don’t know,” she says. “There are times when it’s horrifyingly scary not knowing what August brings —… more »

Elaina McGann: Actuary, Artist and Adventurer

Elaina McGann strives to make every aspect of her life an adventure — a goal she kept in mind when choosing a university. For Elaina, the decision to move from Pennsylvania to Atlanta was fueled widely by the many resources she knew the Honors College at Georgia State could offer her as well as… more »

Georgia State Helped Add Color to Liora Manné’s World

Even a move across town can be stressful when you’re a teenager, having a comfortable routine disrupted by suddenly being dropped into a new environment with unfamiliar people. When that move isn’t across town but rather across an ocean, it can be more traumatic still.

Instead of retreating into a shell, though, Liora Manné —… more »

‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Doing,’ Says Diane White — but She’s Grateful for What Brought Her Here

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” the old saying goes. Diane White has found that sometimes God laughs just as hard when you tell Him you don’t have any.

White laughs herself as she recounts how, at nearly every milestone in her 27-year nursing career, she approached the new opportunities… more »

Michael Ivie: Building a Panther Beachhead in the Big Apple

As far as most Robinson College of Business students are concerned, Michael Ivie is living the dream — living and working in New York City, enjoying the fast-paced business environment of the world’s financial capital.

By his own admission, though, Ivie wasn’t even dreaming the dream when he started pursuing his MBA at Georgia… more »

One Legal Legend Brings Another to Georgia State’s College of Law

Matlock, the plain-spoken lawyer played by Andy Griffith on the eponymous TV show, worked out of the Flatiron Building on Peachtree Street. Depending on whom you talk to, he was based on noted north Georgia attorney Bobby Lee Cook. But the legacy Cook has created in downtown Atlanta is far from fictitious.

Created in 2006,… more »

Georgia State Economist Finds Obesity Follows Growth Of Big-Box Retailers And Restaurants

Big-box retailers Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale and Walmart, along with full-service and fast-food restaurants, are key contributors to the nation’s obesity epidemic, according to research by a health economist in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Americans now live near an abundance of cheap and readily available food from… more »

Georgia State Researchers Set Record For Funding With 30 Percent Increase Over Last Year

Researchers at Georgia State University have achieved a record level of funding–$53 million–in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2015, a 30 percent increase over last year’s $39.9 million awarded in the same period.

This funding represents a 50 percent increase in research funding over 2011.

“We have done very well over the first… more »

After Fast Success in Fast Food, Aziz Hashim Spreads the Entrepreneurial Spirit

For Georgia State students and employees, Broad Street is a convenient lunch spot featuring dozens of diverse restaurants and cafés. For Aziz Hashim, though, it was the start of something huge.

A single fast-food franchise, which Hashim opened in anticipation of the Summer Olympics in 1996, turned into several. That cluster grew into a network… more »